Mary Hoedeman’s career began in 1981 in Houston TX at Exclusive Dance Club during the world cowboy craze started by John Travolta’s movie Urban Cowboy. Mary, with several of her colleagues, created a stylish and artistic syllabus for country and western dance which incorporated ballroom techniques. In 1986, Texas Dance Productions contracted Mary to share her knowledge and love of dance in a series of instructional videos which sold on TNN’s White Horse Saloon. Worldwide sales quickly led to a 340 day a year travel schedule throughout the US and Canada. Mary personally taught over 20,000 people from beginners to advanced competitors and offered a teacher training program. In 1989, Mary, with her partner, won her first of many Division 1 National Grand Championship with the UCWDC.
Setting timely goals for her students and herself was great motivation to succeed. The UCWDC proved to be a valuable organization filled with talented people that Mary was proud to be associated with. Mary’s 38 year dance career includes, coach, certified judge, teacher, and competitor with the UCWDC, a week long dance camp offered twice a year in Nashville, TN highlighted by students performing a choreographed dance on the national television show Wildhorse Saloon, a library of 25 instructional dance videos, and choreographer for Ricky Van Shelton's “Wild Man”.
As an adjunct professor at Indiana University, Mary choreographed a dance to Andy Grammers “Keep Your Head Up”,. Over 100 of her students performed this dance as a flash mob on campus to bring awareness to the health risks from looking down at smartphones.
Mary just pioneered a new dance training program, DanceTodayTM, which incorporates short video clips, study guides, and video chat private training.
Joanne Shank has served on the Board of Windfall Dancers, has performed in a number of independent multimedia presentations, and has choreographed movement to poetry, sound, and projected images. One of these productions received an IAC grant submitted by local poet Bronislava Volkova.
The body is the purist and most immediate form of expression. Multimedia has so many possibilities and is partly why I am intrigued to be member of the Arts Alliance team.
I consider myself primarily a Visual Artist, but tend to spend too much time sitting focused on projects, and am looking forward to getting back into creative movement. As Dance Rep I want to help promote the many different dance organizations in town and facilitate communication among the groups as is beneficial. contact